The government on Tuesday dropped plans to promulgate a fresh Enemy Property (Amendment & Validation) Ordinance in face of differences within the Union Cabinet on how to amend the law governing 'enemy properties' taken over after the 1962 Sino-India war and the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.
At a marathon meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the government decided to introduce the legislative proposal in Parliament during the winter session and if required, have it discussed by the standing committee.
The government had promulgated a harsher version of the ordinance in July but had to back out due to lack of consensus among political parties.
In the process to build support for the legislation, the government, however, agreed to dilute provisions that would have nullified all judicial orders restoring enemy properties to their legal heir.
Home Minister P Chidambaram's proposal for the Cabinet on Tuesday incorporated the original ordinance and official amendments agreed later.
Unlike the last time when many ministers did not realise the political implications of the proposed amendments, Singh is learnt to have sought opinion from his cabinet colleagues at the meeting.